In keeping with his image as a president for yesterday, John McCain promised a crowd in Florida he would do nothing to upset the policy of isolation that has proved so ineffective in regard to Cuba. “Florida will be yours!” shouted a grateful foe of the Castro regime.

Los Angeles Times:

MIAMI — Sen. John McCain on Tuesday laid out his plans for strengthening democracy and U.S. influence in Latin America, vowing to extend free-trade pacts throughout the region and to continue isolating Cuba until the communist-ruled island frees political prisoners and allows multiparty elections.

The promises to uphold a hard line against the regime of Fidel and Raul Castro earned the presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee cheers from the mostly Cuban American crowd at a town hall meeting in southwest Miami.

“Florida will be yours!” local Spanish-language radio talk show host Ninoska Perez Castellon declared from the audience. She thanked McCain for the candidate’s recognition of former political prisoners from Cuba on hand for the Cuban Independence Day event and for “refusing to deal with the Castros.”

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